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Parliamentary questions
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20 February 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Dolors Montserrat, Javier Zarzalejos
 Answer in writing 
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Principles of self-sufficiency and proximity

Currently, the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country has 12 landfill sites for non-hazardous waste and five landfill sites for inert waste. Despite being a heavily industrialised area, there are no landfill sites for the disposal of hazardous waste. The accident at the Zaldibar landfill site brought to light that certain hazardous waste (asbestos, in this case) is disposed of in landfill sites for non-hazardous waste.

Many feel that information is being kept from them and people were shocked when this situation came to light following the accident at the Zaldibar landfill, all the more so since the landfill site is close to residential areas and is at a certain altitude.

Does the Commission consider that the absence of landfill sites for hazardous waste in a heavily industrialised area, such as the Basque Country, could be in breach of the principles of self-sufficiency and proximity laid down in Directive 2008/98/EC on waste?

In this regard, could these principles be strengthened in the new industrial strategy or the chemicals strategy?

Should the Basque Country take further steps to minimise the generation of waste which goes to landfill and improve its circular economy?

Original language of question: ES
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